Friday, 22 June 2012
Tomorrow I am going to buy Cat Supplies. And maybe go look at more of the kitties. :)
So here are some Cat Questions for all you crazy nice cat people.
I've never owned a cat before, so this litter thing is new to me. The Cat Handbook goes on for pages and pages about cat litter (and also bowls but that's besides the point) and which kind is good and bad, but I am too lazy to read it all. So here's the question:
What sort of cat litter do you use? Clumping? Odor-Absorbing? Long-Lasting? Scoopable? Are any of these things actually different or is it all the same? How regularly do you do litter scooping duties? Where do you keep the box?
I suppose every cat is different, and the shelter will probably tell me what kind they use. I know with dogs we have always been advised to pick one food and stick with it because switching it up will be annoying to the stomach or something. Is that true with cats?
What brand of cat food do you buy? Fancy Feast, served in a crystal goblet? Meow Mix, because you have that annoying tune in your head? Some other brand?
3. THE HEAT!
It's been 100 degrees here the last few days. Okay, that's insane and it's not usually like that, but assuming that the world is going to be ending soon and the weather is getting more and more insane, how do cats deal with extreme weather? Should I leave the AC on while I'm at work so the cat doesn't die of the heat? Or will it not care about the temperature?
My apartment is a mess right now, partly because I haven't been living there the last week. I have papers sitting on tables and pencils and clothes. I'm generally a slob, though I don't ordinarily leave food out - in the past because it tended to attract bugs, and now because it will attract mice. (shudder) The book advises that cat-proofing the house is like child-proofing a house - keep toxic materials out of lower cabinets, etc, etc. Also, it says that cats might like to play with electrical cords, so consider taping them down or covering them with PVC pipe.
Is this actually necessary? With dogs, you often have to worry about them chewing things (especially puppies), but is this an issue with cats?
Is there something else I'm not thinking of that I should be?
Will I be a terrible cat owner?
Do I ask too many questions?